Too cold to mow...temperatures

caseysmowing

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Staunton VA
I’ll run mine to the first job if it’s real cold as well. Did it more often when I used a open trailer due to frozen cables.
 

TPendagast

LawnSite Fanatic
I don't always wait for glow plugs\grid heaters to fully cycle.

A lot of our tractors have to have the glow plugs manually activated, never do unless they won't start. Loader is the same way.

We do start plugging them in when we start with snow, last thing I want to screw with is a truck\tractor\loader not starting. Electricity is cheaper than a starter.

And you'll laugh, but when we get around -5° to -10°, we'll let everything run until we head out. A few gallons of diesel is cheaper than something not starting or gelling up.
Similar here in Alaska
You can go for days without ever turning the diesel off ,
I’ve also had to built tents over loaders and heat them up to start them
Or push trucks into heated shops over night

in the army we would just run the hummers the entire field excercise (week or more)
 

Mark Oomkes

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Similar here in Alaska
You can go for days without ever turning the diesel off ,
I’ve also had to built tents over loaders and heat them up to start them
Or push trucks into heated shops over night

in the army we would just run the hummers the entire field excercise (week or more)
I just meant you'd laugh at the -5 to -10.
 

Cam15

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Willowick, OH
Oh

well -5 is still cold
And definitely cold enough to fudge up your diesel

when it comes to trucks n engines I believe in voodoo

I won’t rush the wait light on the diesel
Because I believe it makes you pay for it when it gets cold

I don’t KNOW that
It’s just a bad feeling I have
Lol.
 

Mark Oomkes

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
Oh

well -5 is still cold
And definitely cold enough to fudge up your diesel

when it comes to trucks n engines I believe in voodoo

I won’t rush the wait light on the diesel
Because I believe it makes you pay for it when it gets cold

I don’t KNOW that
It’s just a bad feeling I have
Kinda like never shutting a piece of equipment off during a storm because it won't restart.

I'm not superstitious, but that's one thing we don't do unless it's necessary for a repair.
 

rippinryno

LawnSite Silver Member
This is why gas trucks win. Cheaper maintenance, easier starting, overall much less hassle.

The only diesel I'll own is a tractor or my little TDI. It'll start at zero degrees, battery is 3 years old.
 
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